Joined by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Over 151 Progressive Community Organizations at Kickoff Event

TRENTON – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined over 151 progressive community organizations and labor unions as well as Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to launch a statewide “Raise the Wage” campaign. The campaign seeks to support voter approval of the November ballot question which would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and include a cost of living adjustment.

Charles Hall
Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles Hall
“New Jersey’s growing poverty statistics are startling and raising the minimum wage would be a strong first step toward addressing this problem,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and coalition partners consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for low-income workers in this difficult economic climate” said Wowkanech.


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